Reaching Out - A Call To Washington DC Agent Claude Labbe

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So, I'm eating my breakfast and I see I have an ActiveRain notification that Claude Labbe has sent me a message.

He had heard about the latest blizzard and wanted to send a little "stay safe" message.

He also mentioned that he had grown up in my city and still has family living here.

 

Claude seemed like the perfect choice for my second Reaching Out...An ActiveRain Challenge phone call!

I gave him a call and we talked for almost 40 minutes.

It was especially fun for me because he had once lived here in Rochester, NH.

I learned that he lived here most of his teen years, leaving when it came time for college.

Claude shared stories of his French Canadian parents and their home building business. We laughed, we cried....well not really, but I seriously think he has the makings of a movie script.

We discussed how the Seacoast area has changed over the years and which towns I've lived in. 

We discussed my staging business and how I got started and what my business is like now.

Claude shared how he uses staging in his business and the value it brings to his clients, both sellers and buyers. I found this very interesting, because most agents don't realize the value that home stagers can bring to their buyer clients.

I enjoyed my phone visit with Claude, and I recommend giving him a call if you need a real estate agent in the Washington, DC area!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I have received a message from Claude myself once and he does seem like a really good guy.

Mar 20, 2018 06:44 AM #1
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharon, Claude is a kick in the pants, he was here in Denver, and tried to meet up, but it was seriously busy.    Great choice for a call!  

Mar 20, 2018 06:55 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

HI Sharon... what a great post about Claude... we have reached out to each other from time to time, as well, but more for business reasons than such a great conversation.

Mar 20, 2018 07:05 AM #3
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sharon,

What a nice story of your call with Claude.  At this point, I have no idea if I will have time to participate...A

Mar 20, 2018 07:50 AM #4
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Sharon Tara what a nice shout out for Claude... and I hope you're ready for blizzard #4 for the month.... Claude made a wise decision to settle in DC!!!

Mar 20, 2018 08:25 AM #5
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sharon Tara,  great reach out call and to blog about.  Hope this snow ends soon and spring gets to you soon.

 

Mar 20, 2018 08:38 AM #6
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
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Don't you love when you find things in common with other AR peeps that you've never physically met? Claude has intrigued me in the past, as I knew his heritage wasn't based in the US, So, now I know! What fun, Sharon, and I'll bet he enjoyed the heck out of you, too! 

Mar 20, 2018 09:22 AM #7
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

JL Boney, III  I thought it was very nice of him to message me about the storm. 

Joan Cox  Well who doesn't love a good kick in the pants. LOL

Nina Hollander  How lucky are we to have so many great resources for business!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  I'm quite happy to have made two calls. I wasn't sure I would make it!

 

Mar 20, 2018 03:02 PM #8
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Barbara Todaro Ready? Are we ever really ready? LOL 

This has been quite the month. Talk about going out with a bang!

Will Hamm I've had it already with these storms. I could use a little dusting of snow just to pretty up my front yard though. We are having pics taken on Thursday to list our home and the septic was pumped last week and the digging left dirt all over the snow! A little blanket of white would be nice. LOL

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate  It's so funny how it doesn't feel at all like you haven't met. Such a wonderful connection we all share!

Mar 20, 2018 03:06 PM #9
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Sharon Tara I have my trainer at the gym tomorrow morning....and I'll be doing heavy lifting again on thursday with shoveling a foot of heavy wet snow!!  This winter has kept me in shape.... I should be thankful....

Mar 20, 2018 03:27 PM #10
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Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

So we laughed about the snow. Now I am in Richmond and likely not getting back to DC tomorrow because of the snowstorm. Karma can be funny. Plus it was great to get to know you better. Thanks for the call!

Mar 20, 2018 06:31 PM #11
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hi again Sharon. Claude is a real joy and someone I would like to meet in person too. Glad you got to speak.

Mar 22, 2018 03:25 PM #12
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

A new rainer to follow, thanks for the introduction.

Mar 23, 2018 06:09 AM #13
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Barbara Todaro  You continue to be an inspirational Goddess to me. 

Claude Labbe  It's been one crazy month weather wise. Insane.

I wouldn't have expected you to be snowbound though!

Sheila Anderson  I'm sure you would enjoy speaking with him. It was a nice little visit!

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  You are welcome! Aren't we blessed to have such a great group of people here!

Mar 23, 2018 09:58 AM #14
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Sounds like you had a good talk...and that is just part of what makes AR special.

Mar 23, 2018 04:05 PM #15
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I talked to Claude few years ago and I truly enjoyed the personal connection. What a great idea to get out of the Rain online hood:)

Mar 23, 2018 10:05 PM #16
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sally K. & David L. Hanson  It's a great forum we have. I'm so happy I've made the connections I have here.

Inna Ivchenko Making the phone calls is a great way to get to know members better. 

Mar 24, 2018 11:57 AM #17
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- I loved that you picked up the phone to call Claude Labbe i must confess that I know him via his blog but knew very little of him. 

Mar 24, 2018 04:32 PM #18
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy Streib I didn't know much about him either prior to the call. I especially enjoyed talking about our Seacoast connection.

Mar 25, 2018 06:17 AM #19
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